Outreach Residencies

The outreach residencies offered by Tanzplattform Rhein-Main are unique in Europe. Funding is give to the creation and further development of dance outreach projects that involve the audience in various ways. Both practical as well as theoretical participation and inclusive concepts are thereby possible – presented as selective events before performances, as long-term workshops or as cooperative projects.

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Janna Pinsker & Wicki Bernhardt

Janna Pinsker und Wicki Bernhardt work as a performance duo in Frankfurt and Berlin. They studied Choreography and Performance or rather Applied Theatre studies in Gießen. Previously Wicki Bernhardt studied Musik und Bewegung at the UdK Berlin, Janna Pinsker studied Sociology und Documentary Film at the University of Chicago.

“Die Vermittlungsmaschine schlägt zu”

Seen something that you simply didn’t understand? During their seven-month long outreach residency, the performance duo Janna Pinsker and Wicki Bernhardt delved into the pleasures of not understanding and not knowing. Before or directly after select performances in March 2018, they will develop research assignments together with the audience, which question and test personal perception and strategies of understanding. The outreach machine strikes again with speculations, conversations with objects from the pieces and a gigantic game of scrabble!

“Die Vermittlungsmaschine schlägt zu II”

A piece surfaces. And disappears. And with it, the audience. Janna Pinsker and Wicki Bernhardt search for the remnants. After an intense scrabble series in March the Vermittlungsmaschine (Outreach Machine) strikes again in May, this time with speculations on what remains after the performance and conversations with objects and scenes from the pieces.

“Die Vermittlungsmaschine schlägt zu III

After the show: the stage is empty where moments before something was happening. Together with the audience, Janna Pinsker and Wicki Bernhardt enter the venue again and search for remnants. During their seven-month outreach residency, the performance duo created space for taking joy in non-understanding and non-knowledge. After select performances, they invite the audience to test perception and personal strategies of comprehension. In June, the Vermittlungsmaschine (Outreach Machine) strikes twice with an attempt to locate the audience’s “Löxsi” with choreographic formations and with a tour of the stage area, shifting the focus on the sideshows of the performance.
*Löxsi: The feeling about a piece which one has just seen before one talks about it with others.

“Heute mobben wir die Birds”

We live in an age of constant stress and overload. The performance duo Janna Pinsker and Wicki Bernhardt are undaunted by this situation and have initiated an experiment that is both humorous and exciting: “Heute mobben wir die Birds” is a lecture-performance for people age 11 and up. More than a mere introduction to performance art, the piece also confronts itself and the audience with the fact that everything is somehow interconnected and relevant in its own way. Not knowing is no longer an option when trying to find meaning in the jungle of life. Flooding the brain with information feeds the web of thoughts and speculations. That leaves it up to us to organize things and communicate with them. But how? “Heute mobben wir die Birds” is a Performance for People Age 11 and up.

Concept, Choreography and Performance: Janna Pinsker and Wicki Bernhardt | Costume and Property Master: Kristin Gerwien | Light Design: Charlotte Bösling | Production Mamagement: Nele Beinborn

Prof. Thorsten Greiner

360-Degree Films & Ballet

360-degree films are increasingly being used in social media, such as YouTube, Facebook or Vimeo to communicate a wide range of content. The art community has also discovered this new medium for itself, In 360-degree films, viewers can experience a new kind of immersion, by independently listening and looking around within the film. 360-degree films, like other virtual realities, produce new possibilities and challenges in dramaturgy, visual language and auditory narrative structure: e.g. the user’s attention has to be guided both auditorily as well as visually.

In our outreach residency from March 2018 on, Prof. Thorsten Greiner will examine the way in which 360-degree films can be used to provide an audience with insights into the background and creation of a ballet piece. He will also explore what contents are really suited for this media, without disturbing the safe space of the rehearsal process.

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Jason Jacobs

Interactive Aftertalk

As part of his Tanzplattform Rhein-Main outreach residency with Hessisches Staatsballett, Frankfurt-based dancer and choreographer Jason Jacobs developed a format during the 2016/17 season, which provides the audience with an unusual perspective on what they have just seen: the interactive aftertalk links the spectator’s experience to the dancers’ physicality on stage and allows the ausience to personally experience the movement conceps behind different productions.

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